Rohingya crisis: Two die as boat capsizes off Bangladesh
At least two have died after a boat packed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized near the Bangladesh coast, officials say.
A number of people are missing after the incident in the Naf river late on Sunday. It is thought about 100 people – including children – were on board.
A rescue operation is now under way.
Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into neighbouring Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Violence erupted in Rakhine in late August when Rohingya militants attacked security posts, triggering a military response.
More than half a million Rohingya – a mostly Muslim minority who are widely disliked in Myanmar and denied citizenship – have fled to Bangladesh since then.
Those who have fled accuse Myanmar’s military, backed by Buddhist mobs, of using a brutal campaign of killings and village burnings to try to drive them out.
The military rejects the allegations, saying it is targeting Rohingya militants.